2014 Teaching Awards
S. Robert Stone Award (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
Senior S. Robert Stone Award (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
Leo A. Blacklow Award (Mount Auburn Hospital)
The Bernard Lown Award (Brigham and Women's Hospital)
The Robert P. Masland Award (Children's Hospital Boston)
Bulfinch Medical Student Teaching Award (Massachusetts General Hospital)
Faculty Prizes for Excellence in Teaching
The Faculty Prizes for Excellence in Teaching were established in 1982 by
the HMS Faculty Council to be “conferred annually to faculty who,
through their excellence in teaching, would impact and influence
the professional lives of students long after graduation.”
Donald O’Hara, Ph.D. Faculty Prizes for Excellence in Teaching
The Faculty Prizes for Excellence in Teaching in Years I and II are named in memory of Donald O’Hara, Ph.D., who was a beloved teacher of Harvard medical students. Dr. O’Hara also served as one of the leaders of the New Pathway Chemistry and Biology of the Cell course and as co-director of the HST course, Human Biochemistry and Metabolic Diseases. Dr. O’Hara was also a recipient of the Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching for his teaching of first-year medical students.
Cynthia M. Cooper, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Cynthia Cooper is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and trained in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was nominated for her excellent teaching in the Integrated Human Physiology tutorial. Students noted that she “was a patient teacher and so good at communicating difficult concepts in simple language and (hilarious) physical illustrations. She held us to a very high standard, while also making us feel like she was looking out for us.” “To help facilitate mastery of the course material, Dr. Cooper Generated “Extra Integration Questions” which she volunteered to work with students on a one-to-one basis.”
Alexander J. McAdam, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pathology
Dr. Alexander McAdam is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. McAdam is recognized with an O’Hara Prize for his leadership of and teaching in the Immunology, Microbiology and Pathology course. As one student wrote, “He is so amazing that he has made me consider Infectious Disease as a career.” His “section in microbiology was so well organized and presented – his slides were always concise and clear, without dense text.” “Dr. McAdam is a phenomenal teacher; his lectures are by far the best at HMS!”
The Faculty Prizes for Excellence in Teaching in Years III and IV are named in memory of Charles McCabe, M.D., who was a beloved teacher of Harvard medical students and who also served as the director of the Core Clerkship in Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital for more than two decades. Dr. McCabe was also a recipient of the Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching on multiple occasions for his teaching of third-year medical students.
Jeremy B. Richards, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dr. Richards, an attending physician in the Medical ICUs at BIDMC, graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and completed a medicine residency at Boston Medical Center and the Harvard combined fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He is a case conference leader for third-year students at BIDMC and the Director of the Integration Track elective at BIDMC. He is also the co-director of the Respiratory Pathophysiology course for second-year students. Students praised him for his role in the Medicine Clerkship, in which he was a true mentor. One student wrote that “He provides outstanding lessons and concrete tools to approach complex clinical problems in a thoughtful and efficient way. While doing this he addresses student needs and helps them sort through any problems with the material in a thoughtful way.” He has a natural and engaging way of discussing pathophysiology, said one student. “He is positively one of the brightest people I know and yet one of the most approachable attending on the wards.” “Dr. Richards is a teacher we all hope we can be one day!”
Carey M. York-Best, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. York-Best is a 1989 graduate of Harvard Medical School and trained in ob/gyn at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She now serves as the Division Director of Benign Gynecology and Obstetrics and the OB/GYN core clerkship director at the MGH. One student stated, “Dr. York-Best was strongly committed to really having medical students get involved in patient care in the OR and on the labor and delivery floor, two places that could easily become shadowing experiences for inexperienced medical students (and male students on ob/gyn) but I found to be the source of some of my best learning during 3rd year.” She is recognized with a McCabe Prize for her commitment to “the educational experience of her students”. “Dr. York-Best was very personally involved in teaching, running labor simulations at the beginning and end of the clerkship and serving as one of our oral examiners, in addition to her teaching on the wards.” “She is a wonderful teacher and clerkship director!”
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
The S. Robert Stone Award for Excellence in Teaching has been awarded annually since 1981 to a member of the Harvard Medical School Faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for outstanding achievement in the teaching of medical students and house staff. The award is given in honor of the late Honorary Trustee and past Board Chairman of the former Beth Israel Hospital by his children.
Melanie Hoenig, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Melanie Hoenig is a graduate of Brown University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her residency and fellowship training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the (then) Beth Israel Hospital in 1997. After teaching medical students, residents and fellows for many years, she became the course director for renal pathophysiology in 2004, and most recently, the Renal Section Leader for Integrated Human Physiology, for which she revised and developed new learning materials. Since 2009, she has led an effort by the Education Committee of the American Society of Nephrology to provide support for faculty involved in the education of medical students, and is currently Co-Chair of the Task Force for Redesign of the PreClerkship Curriculum at Harvard Medical School. Medical students describe her effectiveness as a teacher and educator:
Dr. Hoenig created the best course I have taken at HMS. Each element (lecture, tutorial, minicase, etc.) was useful and provided something unique. I felt like there was no weak link. Every component seemed “high yield.” Dr. Hoenig’s course should really serve as a model for others: if you partook in all of the activities, you had a strong grasp of key principles. Dr. Hoenig’s outstanding teaching skills had a significant impact on my education.
She is the rare blend of immensely brilliant, unflaggingly enthusiastic…[with] a beautiful lack of pretense. She is in touch with how students respond to material that (she admits) is widely loathed by MDs, and somehow manages to make it less painful. Plus, we can tell she loves the stuff, and that is infectious – in lecture, in office hours, in minicase, in review, and in the practice problems she writes. It’s not just her love of renal: it’s also a deep understanding that she is adept at passing along. She has designed a brilliant, forward-thinking course that reduces reliance on passive learning and makes us think more critically about real cases than any other course I’ve had.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
J. Thomas Lamont, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Dr. Tom Lamont is a graduate of Canisius College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed internship and residency training at UCLA Medical Center and following a three-year stint as an internist with the U.S. Army Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany, he served as Chief Medical Resident at UCLA Medical Center. He was a Clinical and Research Fellow in Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1971-1973, and has been a dedicated clinician educator ever since. From 1980-95, he served as Chief of Gastroenterology at Boston University Hospital, and in 1996, he moved to BIDMC as Chief of Gastroenterology and the Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Lamont’s awards for teaching and mentorship cover thirty years and a range of contributions. He is a recipient of the Career Investigator and Career Development Awards from the national Institutes of Health; the Distinguished Mentor Award, and Mentors Research Scholar Award from the American Gastroenterological Association, and the Beth Israel Deaconess Center for Faculty Development Mentorship Award. He has served on numerous grant review panels for the National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Most notably, the fellows and faculty whom he has mentored have assumed leadership positions in industry and in academic medicine around the world – from Harvard to Stanford, from France to Hong Kong, and from Vienna to Korea.
Students and residents who have worked with Dr. Lamont over the years have described their experiences:
Dr. J. Thomas Lamont is truly one of the very best physician teachers I have ever known. My own love for medicine, though great even before this rotation, grew by leaps and bounds under his guidance…He embodies the characteristics of an attending any student dreams of working with, and that I had expected to encounter at a school like Harvard. Despite his high academic standing and busy work schedule, he never fails to interact with patients and students alike with absolute kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity.
I cannot remember a time when learning was so pleasant and helpful. He is consistently both an enthusiastic and effective educator.
…a simply extraordinary teacher in our research curriculum for residents. He takes this task very seriously and actively searches for ways to improve his teaching and impart more information. He has a kind and honorable manner, despite his enormous accomplishments, and makes clear efforts to be available as necessary to residents and fellows who may benefit from his counsel.
Mount Auburn Hospital
The Leo A. Blacklow Award was established in 1990 and is presented annually to an outstanding teacher who holds joint appointments at Harvard Medical School and Mount Auburn Hospital.
Beth A. Lown, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
It is with great pride that we present Dr. Beth A. Lown, Director of Faculty Development at Mount Auburn Hospital (MAH) and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School as the HMS-Mount Auburn 2014 Leo A. Blacklow Teaching Awardee for 2014.
Dr. Lown began her career as a primary care physician at MAH in 1985; her reputation as a superb primary care physician has been matched over the years by her exquisite talent as a teacher. She began teaching at HMS in 1993 when invited to become a Peabody Society Patient Doctor I Senior Fellow. For the 16 years that followed, she taught both students and faculty in the use of effective communication skills, wrote a widely used Primer in Communication Skills, and assisted in the successful efforts to integrate a uniform communication skills assessment instrument across the Patient-Doctor courses, OSCEs and the comprehensive exam. In 2003, she and colleagues created a communications curriculum for use in the major medicine clerkships. She has brought her expertise in healthcare communication to the National Board of Medical Examiners and has contributed significantly to the creation of an interactive e-learning resource designed to teach communication skills across the entire medical education spectrum.
As the MAH Director of Faculty Development and Director of the MAH Fellowship in Medical Education, Dr. Lown’s educational leadership has been powerfully felt on many levels. She created the MAH Fellowship in Medical Education as an exemplary opportunity for interprofessional training, which has contributed significantly to team development at the hospital. As a clinician-educator on weekly bedside rounds, to highly-regarded retreat leader for housestaff, to the developer and implementer of communication skills training, to mentorship of housestaff projects, leader of medical education research at MAH and highly regarded CME teacher, her track record of accomplishment has been extraordinary.
Dr. Lown’s work also has found expression in her Medical Directorship at the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center where she is currently leading a national effort for the promulgation of Compassionate Care, bringing together prominent individuals from a variety of disciplines around the country. This work, joined with her recognition as the former President of the American Academy on Health Care Communication, has established a national and international reputation for the improvement of patient care. These cumulative efforts have impacted medical education at all levels and easily identify the basis for her selection as this year’s Leo A. Blacklow Teaching Awardee, a recognition for which she is most deserving.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
The Bernard Lown Award for Excellence in Teaching at Brigham and Women's Hospital was established in 2010 to celebrate physicians who are outstanding clinical teachers. The award honors Dr. Bernard Lown, senior physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor of Cardiology Emeritus at the Harvard School of Public Health, and the founder of the Lown Cardiovascular Center and Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation. Dr. Lown is a gifted clinician, a renowned bedside teacher and a research pioneer who has been five times named Master Teacher of the American College of Cardiology. He cofounded with Dr. Evgeni Chazov, of the former Soviet Union, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), and in 1985, they were co-recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of IPPNW.
The Lown Teaching Award recognizes the very significant role that education plays in carrying out the BWH mission and the institution’s deep commitment to the next generation of clinicians. Awardees are selected based on nominations from their HMS students and colleagues, in celebration of teaching excellence, innovation, patient-centered teaching and their ability to inspire.
Elizabeth Breen, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Dr. Breen is a clinician-educator with a focus on surgical education. She joined the Department of Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1997 after completing her General Surgery Residency at New England Deaconess Hospital and a Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship at the Lahey Clinic. Dr. Breen has a clinical practice caring for patients with colon and rectal problems, and she has assumed multiple leadership roles in education of medical students and residents.
As the Core Surgery Clerkship Director at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Chair of the Surgery Clerkship Director's Committee at HMS, she has been involved in all aspects of medical student education. She also co-directors the Principal Clinical Experience (PCE) at BWH, co-chairs the HMS Committee on Student Assessment, and was a member of the HMS Task Force on the Redesign of the Preclerkship Curriculum. Under her leadership, the BWH surgery clerkship has been a crucial component in the development of the PCE at BWH, incorporating preceptorships, faculty development with peer review processes, and improved student assessment with clinical assessments and a newly formatted oral examination. Dr. Breen also has experience in other areas of trainee assessment as a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners USMLE Step 2 Surgery Test Material Development Committee.
She has a wonderful family, including her husband Jack and two teenage children, comprised of an aspiring thespian and a lacrosse player.
Children’s Hospital Boston
Dr. Robert P. Masland, Jr. was Chief of Adolescent/Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital from 1967-1993. He was a leader in establishing the field of Adolescent Medicine and in teaching communication and professionalism. He trained generations of medical students, residents, and faculty members at Children’s Hospital Boston. He was a supporter of flexible careers and work-life balance long before these issues were openly discussed. As a medical educator, Dr. Masland served as Co-Director of the Combined Harvard Medicine/Pediatrics Training program and as Associate Master of the Cannon Society at HMS. One of his favorite activities was mentoring HMS students and trying to convince them to pursue a career in pediatrics. As Chair of the Intern Selection Committee at Children’s from 1983-2002, he sought to rank as many HMS students as possible. Following Dr. Masland’s death in 2010, this award was established in his honor to recognize a Children’s Hospital faculty member who shares Dr. Masland’s passion for teaching medical students.
Daniel S. Kamin, M.D.
Instructor in Pediatrics
Dr. Daniel Kamin is a member of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Director of the Gastroenterology Consult Service. He is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine and did his pediatric training at Mass General Hospital for Children and his gastroenterology fellowship in the Combined Program at MGH and Boston Children’s Hospital. Currently, he is an Associate Program Director for the GI fellowship at Children’s Hospital. He has taught HMS students in all four years, and, since 2011, he has been a director of the gastrointestinal section of Integrated Human Physiology. Dr. Kamin has been the recipient of a number of previous teaching awards, including the Donald N. Medearis Jr. Teaching Award at MGH, the Attending of the Year for excellence in teaching in the pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Children’s Hospital, and the HMS Excellence in Tutoring Award. Dr. Kamin’s interests include medical ethics and teaching humanism and professionalism. He was just awarded a Morgan-Zinsser HMS Academy Fellowship to pursue further training in medical education in AY15.
Multiple students praise Dr. Kamin as one of the most exceptional tutorial leaders they have worked with during their time at HMS. According to Peter Olds, he demonstrates an exemplary commitment to teaching and to the professional development of his students. His energy and enthusiasm for medicine, teaching, and gastroenterology are “infectious”. He has the ability to “distill complex topics to their core so as to make them understood by everyone in class.” Moreover, Dr. Kamin is able to “foster participation from every member of the group in a non-stressful manner” (Ali Alhassani). Dr. Kamin strives to make himself available to students not only as a tutor, but also as a mentor. Vipul Kumar ended his nomination with the following words: “I could go on about Dr. Kamin, but the bottom line is that he is an outstanding faculty member who exemplifies a commitment to medical student education.”
Boston Children’s Hospital is proud to recognize Dr. Daniel S. Kamin’s dedication to teaching medical students with the 2014 Robert P. Masland, Jr. Teaching Award.
Massachusetts General Hospital
The Bulfinch Award for Undergraduate Medical Education at the Massachusetts General Hospital was established in 2012 and is awarded to a Harvard faculty member at MGH for overall excellence in teaching Harvard medical students.
Leigh H. Simmons, M.D.
Instructor in Medicine
Leigh Simmons, M.D., is an internal medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she serves as a medical student educator and directs the Core Medicine I clerkship. Dr. Simmons joined the clerkship faculty in 2008 after completing her residency in primary care internal medicine at MGH. She has been a preceptor for the Primary Care Clerkship since 2008 and has served as a tutor in the Introduction to the Profession, Patient-Doctor II, and Patient-Doctor III courses. She lectures on hypertension in the fourth-year Pharmacology 350 course, and she has served as a faculty examiner for the OSCE since 2010.
Dr. Simmons’ research interests include patient engagement in care and shared decision making, and training clinicians to hone their skills in shared decision making. She is a member of the staff at the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation (www.stoecklecenter.org) and the Health Decision Sciences Center, where she studies the use of video decision aids to help patients and clinicians in the shared decision making process for significant medical conditions.
Harvard Medical School
The Special Faculty Prize for Sustained Excellence in Teaching was established in 2006 by the HMS Teaching Awards Selection Committee to be conferred upon a member of the HMS faculty who, through a lifetime of excellence in teaching, has impacted and influenced the professional lives of students long after graduation.
Edwin Furshpan, Ph.D.
Robert Henry Pfeiffer Professor of Neurobiology, Emeritus
Ed Furshpan, a graduate of the University of Connecticut (B.S., 1950) and California Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1955) joined the faculty of medicine at Harvard Medical School in 1959 as an Instructor in Neurophysiology. He was among “a group of brilliant young scientists,” including David Hubel, Torsten Wiesel, and David Potter, recruited to HMS from Johns Hopkins by Dr. Stephen W. Kuffler. In 1959 these scientists moved from Hopkins to the Department of Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School to start a new research unit in neuroscience, and they were soon joined by a biochemist, Edward Kravitz. In 1966, the unit became a separate Department of Neurobiology. As a scientist, Dr. Furshpan has made very important contributions to the field of neuroscience, including the discovery of electrical transmission of neural signals via gap junctions, and landmark studies of chemical neurotransmission, both in vivo and in culture systems. But throughout his career at HMS, he has also been an exemplary teacher and leader in the education of medical students and the promotion of diversity in medicine. During his distinguished tenure at HMS, he has served as co-director of the neuroscience course for medical students (1962-1984); chair of the minority admissions subcommittee (1971-74); and chair of the committee to plan a new course in neuroscience for the New Pathway curriculum (1982-85). Beginning in 1985, he served as director of the Human Nervous System and Behavior course, in which he also taught as a tutor and a lecturer. In 1997, he turned over the reins of the course to David Cardozo, but he continued to serve as a tutor and lecturer until 2013. He has also maintained his commitment to diversity through his continued involvement, with his colleague David Potter, in the Native American High School Summer Program at Harvard, a partnership with four Native American communities with a goal of increasing the number of Native Americans entering careers in medicine and biomedical research. Dr. Furshpan has been recognized for his contributions to medical education at HMS on multiple occasions, including the Class Day Teaching Prize in both 1978 and 1979, and, in 2001, he was the recipient, with his colleagues David Potter and Edward Kravitz, of the Award for Education in Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience, which “recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to neuroscience education and training.” Dr. Furshpan’s long-standing contributions and commitment to medical student education at HMS are immeasurable. A student who was a member of his tutorial group in AY08 captured his contributions in the following nomination:
Dr. Furshpan was an inspiring and dedicated teacher to our tutorial. One of the greatest things a tutorial leader can do for his students is to impart why the material is worth loving; sometimes we start to lose sight of how fascinating the human body is, how many mysteries remain unsolved, how valuable what we are studying is both to our ability to help future patients and to our personal understanding of the world. Dr. Fursphan is a natural at bringing all these aspects back into perspective. The fact that he loves teaching was also apparent. He consistently prepared extra material for us, finding and summarizing relevant articles and introducing us to ongoing research trying to address the unknowns in what we were studying. His students are truly fortunate that he is as passionate for teaching as he is for neuroscience, allowing us to benefit from his years of living through and participating in the changes in the field.
It is a privilege to honor those contributions today with a Special Faculty Prize for Sustained Excellence in Teaching.
The Academy at Harvard Medical School presents the second annual Charles J. Hatem Award for Faculty Development in Medical Education to a member of the HMS faculty who has made a significant and sustained contribution to training other faculty to teach and/or to conduct research in medical education. The award is given in honor of Dr. Charles J. Hatem, the Harold Amos Academy Professor of Medicine, Chair of the Department of Medical Education at Mt. Auburn Hospital, and former director of the Academy Center for Teaching & Learning. Dr. Hatem’s extraordinary style of teaching and extensive contributions to faculty development have inspired innumerable faculty to improve their teaching and have raised the standard and value of teaching at HMS.
Alan M. Leichtner, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Boston Children’s Hospital
Dr. Leichtner, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is a major contributor to the education mission at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is the founder and director of the Children’s Hospital Academy; he serves as the Director of Medical Education in the Office of Faculty Development; and he is Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine at BCH. Dr. Leichtner’s teaching contributions include the second-year gastrointestinal pathophysiology course and the pediatric core clerkship at BCH, and he is the director of the 4th year elective on pediatric gastroenterology at Children’s Hospital. As a member of the Academy at HMS, he contributes to faculty development innovations through the Inter-hospital Collaborative. Dr. Leichtner has received the Murray Davidson Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Distinguished Service Award from NASPGHAN (North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition).
Harvard Medical School Nominee
The AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award annually recognizes a medical school faculty physician who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students, and practices patient-centered medicine. Every year, students from each US medical school are allowed to nominate one individual to compete for this prestigious award.
Roseanna Means, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Roseanna Hemenway Means is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing primary care physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She received a Bachelors’ degree in Biology and a Masters’ degree in Nutrition & Food Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her primary care internal medicine residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). In 2008, she received an honorary doctor of the humane letters from Babson College.
Dr. Means has been on the BWH medical staff since she arrived for her internship in 1981. She practiced primary care in community group practices from 1984-1994, after which she joined the clinical staff of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) in a leadership role. In 1998, she left BHCHP and from 1998-2006 practiced as a member of the BWH private staff. In 2008, she resumed primary care activities at the BWH Fish Center for Women's Health.
In 1999, while balancing a full-time career as a BWH primary care doctor, she founded a non-profit organization called Women of Means as a way to address the socioeconomic and healthcare challenges facing women who are experiencing homelessness. Since its inception in 1999, Women of Means has completed more than 100,000 clinical encounters for women and children who are homeless (~10,000 visits per year and 2,500 new patients annually).
For her tireless and compassionate service to the community, she has received several awards, notably the Governor’s Point of Light Award (2006) awarded by the Governor of Massachusetts, Women’s Leadership Award (2005) given by the Colonel Daniel Marr Boys & Girls Club of New England, and the Dean’s Community Service Award (2003) awarded by Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Roseanna Hemenway Means tirelessly mentors students and advocates for patients’ rights and truly embodies “humanism in medicine.”
for Leadership, Excellence, and Innovation in Medical Education
The Wiczai Award was established in 2000 by Karen C. Kirby in memory of her husband, L. James Wiczai, to honor a staff member from an affiliated hospital who fosters innovation and excellence in medical education and promotes collaboration between Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-affiliated hospitals.
Clerkship Manager, Department of Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Karen Moberg is the Clerkship Manager for Patient-Doctor II, the Core Medicine I clerkship, and Introduction to the Profession at the Massachusetts General Hospital site. She is described as “hard working, totally dependable and exceptionally conscientious. [Her] work ethic makes other’s pale in comparison.” Karen “keeps us all from becoming frazzled and inspires incredible confidence in our students that she can and will handle any challenge with efficiency and remarkable speed. [She] is always available for the endless questions that arise and is very supportive of the students. She is also a keen observer and it is often Karen who brings to our attention a student who is struggling and needs more attention. Karen is truly an extraordinary person who has the gift of magically making it all work. She is exceptional.”
Richard A. Gillis Award for Excellence in Medical Education
The Richard A. Gillis Award for Excellence in Medical Education was established in 2012 in memory of Rick Gillis (1953-2011), Executive Director of Curriculum Programs, whose 27 years of contributions to the MD program at Harvard Medical School exemplify the standards of excellence and the work ethic he inspired in those who were privileged to know him and to work with him. The award is given to a member or members of the HMS staff for their outstanding contributions to the educational mission of the School. This award serves as a reminder of Rick’s legacy and the critical role of staff in facilitating, in the words of his hero, President John F. Kennedy, “the infinite potential of the human mind that can be realized through education … [and that] can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our Nation.”
Harvard Medical School
Patricia “Patty” Cunningham has served as the HST administrator since 1981. Patty’s very long tenure as an HST administrator and her dedication and devotion to the HST program, students, faculty and staff are matched only by her amazing can-do spirit, positive attitude, even temperament, and consummate teamwork, not only as it pertains to HST, but also with her PME and HMS colleagues . “She knows every student past and present, and is a loving mother/sister/aunt to each and every one of them. She is also a wise and experienced observer of the human condition; her insights, reflections, and broad shoulders (to cry on) have salved many a bruised ego, and salvaged many a difficult situation.” Patty’s colleagues refer to her as the “heart and soul of HST”. It is for all of these reasons and for her strength of character, work ethic, and commitment to excellence that she was selected to receive the Richard Gillis Award, honoring our colleague and hers.
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